Blood Sweat and Tears

And so it came to pass that in 1871, Elizabeth Blood, the widow of Joseph, agreed to sell the quarry and surrounding lands

to the Cape Ann Granite Company for the sum of $2,500.00. Receiving a partial payment of $800.00.

Col. Jonas French brokered the deal, and he and Gen. Ben Butler toasted each other at their great fortunes.


The Bucket List for Cape Ann Granite

As the quarries deepened the grout bucket became the fastest way in and out of quarries, if you missed the end of day whistle, you would have to scramble the long slow path back up the wooden ladders and risk being late for your dinner.

A spare grout bucket was typically kept empty at quarry edge, ready to descend in the event of an accident.

This image is of Johnson’s Quarry 1960.


Quarrymen in Suits were the real Swingers

I believe that I am looking at a steam driven swing hoist – standing on its own, its function was to control the side to side movement of the derrick boom.

Cape Ann Granite quarrying never progressed to the point of an enclosed boom derrick operator shed, from which all aspects of derrick movement and lifting could be controlled by a single Hoist Engineer who followed hand signals relayed by the Derrickman.